Welcome and thank you to this wonderful team of students.
Leah Haberman: Student Leadership Board Chair
I’m studying Law, Societies, and Justice, the longest name for the most interesting major. I’m a political nerd who loves the masochistic process of reading the news and listening to podcasts about all the craziness of the world. I love UW and Seattle, and I spend my days adventuring around with friends, agreeing to too many jobs, and trying to make the most of being in this amazing city and school. I will be serving as the Board Chair for Hillel which entails helping guide the direction of the exec board, and helping all the student leaders be their best in making Hillel the place we all know it can be. Freshman year I began my relationship with Hillel by going on the alternative break trip to Haiti which helped me understand how to weave together my love for social justice and my Jewish identity. From there I became the social justice intern at Hillel, and that coupled with teaching Hebrew at a local synagogue helped me shape how I viewed Judaism and Hillel’s role in shaping my identity as well as my peers’. What I saw at Hillel inspired me to take on a larger leadership role as I saw so much potential in making this a more inclusive, diverse, and socially conscious organization through the amazing individuals who see Hillel as a second home as well as those who are hesitant to enter the building. I look forward to challenging those around me to pursue positive change whether that means building on what is already great, or tweaking what could be better. It’ll be a great year full of hard work, challenging conversations, and new ideas!
Evelyn Fleischer: Social Justice Committee Chair
Howdy y’all! I’m your Social Justice committee chair! Since moving to Seattle from Texas last year, I’ve become deeply involved with Hillel and I feel incredibly blessed to call this place my home away from home. I’m a nursing major and am happiest when I am making a difference in my community. In Seattle I’ve noticed the homeless population and how widespread this issue is. One of the best parts of giving back to the community is that even the smallest donation of your time, money, or other goods can impact lives for a lifetime. This year I would love to focus on what we can do to help them.
Ari Geary-Teeter: Shabbat Committee Chair
I’m a sophomore at UW and an active Hillel-goer. I’m hoping to major in neurobiology. I enjoy writing short stories, traveling, and cooking! I’m currently involved with Sigma Alpha Mu, one of the Jewish Fraternities on campus, Jstreet, and I’m also the new USY Advisor at Congregation Beth Shalom. I love going to Hillel because it’s a microcosm of our community and a great way to meet people that I might never get to talk to at such a big school. This upcoming year I’ll be the Shabbat committee chair, which means I’m in charge of planning Shabbat-related events, getting students and community members to lead services at Hillel, and making sure everything runs smoothly. I will strive to create fun, lively, and relaxing Shabbats every Friday evening, rain or shine. I really want to make Shabbat an inclusive space for every student and I hope to utilize an extensive variety of themes and cuisines for our events. As Shabbat chair I’m super excited to help people increase their commitment to their Jewish identity through stimulating conversation and food! Let’s make this an excellent year!
Nicole Pinkus: Jewish Life and Learning Committee Chair
I am your Jewish Life and Learning Chair for 2017-2018. I was born and raised in Los Angeles and attended Jewish day school from preschool to twelfth grade and I look forward to continuing my Jewish education at Washington and through Hillel. I am majoring in Education, Community, and Organization and intend to minor in Jewish Studies as well as Diversity. Outside of school I enjoy doing yoga, going to concerts, attending musicals, and spending time with my friends and family. As the Jewish Life chair, I intend to create diverse opportunities to learn from one another in engaging and accepting spaces where all thoughts and commentary are both welcomed and encouraged. We will collectively engage in Jewish content, everything from the books of the Torah, to the many lively holidays, to exploring our personal values. From speakers in Hillel to Havdallah in the beautiful, Seattle outdoors, I am determined to enriching your life with Jewish knowledge and appreciation.
Danielle Hammer: Community Building Committee Chair
I am this year’s Hillel Community Building Committee Chair. I am a junior studying International Political Economy and Political Science. After two years of involvement with UW Hillel, I am enthusiastic to serve among exemplary Jewish leaders on the Hillel Student Leadership Board. My upbringing in a conservative Jewish synagogue in the Bay Area led me to high school involvement with BBYO, Jewish Teen Foundation, a student philanthropy board, and a host of activities within the Jewish community which helped me to branch out as a leader and bolster my Jewish identity. At UW, I have lead in and am a member of Chi Omega sorority, served as a mentor in the ASUW group UW Leaders, and write for The Daily newspaper. UW’s Jewish life is a central part of my Husky experience. I have attended AIPAC conferences with Washington Students for Israel, and J Street conferences with the newly formed J Street U club. Through Shabbat dinners, Israel education, and a spring break trip to Ukraine, Hillel has provided for me an inspiring community and endless opportunity to expand my knowledge and my sense of Judaism. In my role as Community Building chair, I hope to give back to this community by hosting innovative social events that attract a diverse and spirited group of students who can learn from both Hillel and each other. I also look forward to implementing a new mentorship program in order to foster connection and learning between students of different backgrounds and in various stages of their college careers. It is my hope that every Jewish student on campus feels that they can engage in Hillel in unique ways that benefit their college experience and their Jewish learning.
Tamar Leveson: Israel Committee Chair
Tamar is a junior studying English with Creative Writing. Her passion for Israel grew from spending her adolescence in Raanana before returning to the States to finish high school and attend university. In addition to serving as Hillel’s Israel Intern last year and the Israel Committee Chair this current year, Tamar works as a Grinspoon Fellow with the Israel on Campus Coalition. She spent the summer interning in Washington, D.C. for The Israel Project as a part of the Tower Tomorrow journalism Fellowship where she wrote about all things pertaining to Israel, the Middle East, and American Jewry.
Stormy Allen: Inclusion Committee Co-Chair
I’m an incoming senior in the Foster School of Business at UW with a minor in Dance and Jewish Studies. When I’m not spending my time with school or at Hillel events, I enjoy coffee tasting, shopping for things I don’t need, and exploring new countries every summer. My personal journey with Hillel has given me new friends, the opportunity to travel to Ukraine, and more bagels than I can count. As one of the Inclusion Committee members, I’m hoping to create an inclusive environment where Hillel can feel like a home away from home for those looking for a Jewish space, a chance to engage in more interfaith events, or just to hang out in our café after class! As a Ruderman Ambassador, I also strive to find ways to open up Hillel’s doors to those with visible and invisible disabilities to make everyone feel welcome.
Claire Butwinick: Inclusion Committee Co-Chair
I am so excited to be one of the co-inclusion chairs with Hillel this year. I am a junior at the University of Washington majoring in journalism and minoring in Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies. As the former creative arts intern at Hillel, I am looking forward to continuing my involvement with this amazing community. This year, I hope to continue to make Hillel an inviting and safe space for all. I can’t wait to collaborate with my co-chair and committee members to bring diversity and creativity to the Hillel community
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